Nomura launches app FINTOS to help Japanese customers make investment decisions

Rick Steves

Following the launch of asset management app OneStock, Nomura Securities has introduced an investment app that provides valuable research and analysis to support clients’ equity investment decisions.

Nomura Securities has announced the launch of investment app FINTOS that leverages the bank’s capabilities in research and analysis to provide information to support clients’ asset management (equity investment) needs.

The app features Japanese language research reports published daily by over 300 experienced Nomura researchers, market information and articles on key sectors and stocks, as well as video presentations on investing. Paying users also get access to online seminars.

The mobile application is open to a broad range of users, including those who do not have an account with Nomura as the bank works to expand the scope of its business from public to private side services by digitizing the transformation of information assets in order to enable individual investors to better build their assets, as well as offering investment information tailored to clients’ needs.

In mid-2020, Nomura Securities launched a new asset management application called OneStock, created in collaboration with software company Money Forward. The app allows users to see the assets they have at different financial institutions such as banks and securities companies, and manage them together.

The rationale for launching the app is quite similar to the one stated in the FINTOS app announcement: “The economic climate and investing environment have seen significant changes under the pandemic, and growing uncertainty about the future has made the need to build assets more critical. With more people expected to live to a hundred, in addition to having a long-term perspective, clients must make quick investment decisions amid the changing environment in order to build assets.

The bank has recently partnered with US non-profit research and development organization SRI International to establish an Innovation Center “Nomura SRI Innovation Center (NSIC)”. This will allow Nomura to play an active role in leading Japanese companies to stay at the forefront of cutting-edge technologies, such as next generation artificial intelligence, advanced robotics, quantum sensing and computing, and analytics. Nomura set up an innovation office in San Francisco in September 2017, and has been exploring next-generation businesses and new technologies through its network of startups and venture capital based in the Silicon Valley area.

 

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